Sharon Stone, now 65, recalled, in interview with Giselle Hernandez, a time in her career when she was told she was “too old to work”. That time? Her early 40s!
Despite the nay-saying from her contemporaries—she says she could “name the actors” who expressed this comment, but did not—Stone has continued her career into its 5th decade.
“[At 40,] you’re old enough to know what you want and young enough to go get it,” she said. “And you look amazing! I looked amazing! I looked like some Scandinavian princess! I look at pictures of myself and think, ‘That was old?’ Oh my god.’”
She previously discussed this time in her life with Allure, saying, “My 40s were so beautiful. I couldn’t work because women, once they got to be 40, were not given jobs in Hollywood.”
Despite it all, it may have been her favorite point in life:
“I was a mom with three beautiful little boys. I was recovering from a massive brain injury, and I was in custody court constantly over my oldest child,” she said. “But there was something wonderful in that period of all those challenges. And even though no one wanted to date me — no one would want a woman that had little children — it was a period of reconciliation and change, and understanding myself.”
Now, Stone spends her time with her family and painting; a childhood hobby that has recently resurfaced. Her work has been shown in galleries.
Fernandez, ending the interview, asked Stone if she anticipated a “late-in-life” resurgence in her acting career, and Stone was quite clear:
“I don’t. I don’t feel it really happening that much for me, and I don’t really care.”